Actor, Producer David Arquette to Speak at Ball State University as Part of David Letterman Distinguished Lecture Series

David Arquette. Photo by David Scott HollowayDavid Arquette. Photo by David Scott Holloway

By BSU Marketing & Communications—

MUNCIE, IN – Multi-talented actor and producer David Arquette will be the next featured speaker in the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series at Ball State University.

Mr. Arquette is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. on April 10 in Pruis Hall, on the Ball State campus. The event is free and open to the public, but general admission tickets are required for entry. Tickets are available here. The event will also be live streamed at

Mr. Arquette is also scheduled to interact with Ball State students through workshop activities during his visit to campus.

“We look forward to David Arquette’s visit to Ball State as our next guest in the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series,” said Dr. Paaige Turner, dean of the College of Communication, Information, and Media (CCIM). “Mr. Arquette has had an impressive and varied career, and we are delighted for him to share his experiences and wisdom with our students and with the Ball State community.”

Mr. Arquette’s acting career spans over three decades, appearing in such films as the “Scream” franchise, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Airheads,” and “Never Been Kissed.” He has also stepped into the role of producer and director for a number of films and television series.

In 2021, Mr. Arquette acquired the rights to Bozo the Clown, fulfilling a childhood dream. Since then, he has worked with clowns, artists, and nonprofit organizations to form a clown collective dedicated to spreading love, inclusivity, and pure joy around the globe. A lifelong fan of the iconic painter Bob Ross—who filmed his famous show, “The Joy of Painting,” in Muncie and on the Ball State campus—Mr. Arquette is also a recognized Certified Ross Instructor®.

The David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series was established in 2008 through a generous gift from Mr. Letterman, a 1969 Ball State graduate. The series brings major business, media, and academic figures to campus to engage students in discussions about the latest issues in communications, emerging media, and cultural forces shaping our society.

Guests have included legendary newscaster Ted Koppel, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, innovator Tom Kelley, and public policy expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Mr. Letterman has personally invited and hosted conversations with media icon and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, MSNBC prime-time host Rachel Maddow, and filmmakers Spike Jonze and Bennett Miller.


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